A handful of seniors at Mountain Pointe High School recently submitted photography into the Arizona State Fair’s Student Art and Photography contest, walking away with Best of Show and Exceptional Merit titles.

Megan Smith and Emily Keillor, along with other classmates, entered the contest in September. Steve Adams, photo teacher and Visual Arts Department chair, requires his students to submit work into the contest every fall.

Keillor, who received Exceptional Merit with a photo of a Ferris wheel, has been photographing since her sophomore year.

“You can express yourself, it’s a snap time in life,” said Keillor of shooting photos.

The students’ work was hung on a hallway just outside Adam’s classroom, along with other photos.

Smith, who received Best of Show, said having their work showcased is nice recognition.

“You always hear things about sports, and never anything about the arts,” said Smith, while taking a look at the wall with her photo. “It’s like someone appreciates it.”

Smith, Keillor, and fellow senior, Brittany Oxford, sent their photos to the photography department at the fair, where it was displayed and judged.

Though the students said they weren’t nervous to have their work judged, they offered encouragement for other student photographers: Enter what you have, and you may be surprised.

“With photography, you can show people what they don’t usually see,” Oxford added.

For more information on the Arizona State Fair’s contests, visit


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